TWO lawyers from Wyre Forest-based Thursfields Solicitors have joined a nationwide scheme, offering careers advice to special needs pupils.

Residential property lawyer Jessica Wheway and family solicitor Hollie Styles have become official enterprise advisers at Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove, as part of the Careers & Enterprise Company's Careers Strategy project.

Ms Wheway, who is based at Thursfields' Kidderminster office, discovered the opportunity at Chadsgrove through contacts at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

She said: "Our new role as enterprise advisers will see us giving up around eight hours a month to support our assigned school with the facilitation of careers related activity and help the school to establish business links and opportunities with local companies and workplaces.

“We’re really looking forward to helping schoolchildren to become aware of all the different careers they could consider.”

Ms Styles, who works in Stourport, added: "We’ve already met staff and pupils at Chadsgrove and were made to feel very welcome.

“It’s going to be a pleasure working with the teachers and using our experience and connections at Thursfields to help pupils get a first foot on the career ladder – whether that be through work experience or by helping them to see what’s out there.”

The pair will give students careers advice to prepare them for job opportunities in the modern-day workplace.

Liz Morgan, assistant headteacher at Chadsgrove School, said: “We’re delighted to have Jessica and Hollie joining us as Enterprise Advisers, and are really grateful to them for giving up their time to help us.

“They are both very enthusiastic about the Careers Strategy and I’m sure it will bring great benefits to our children who are considering what areas of work might suit them in the future.”

Chadsgrove School and Specialist Sports College caters for pupils aged from two to 19 years of age who have special educational needs, physical disabilities or complex health needs.